A non-profit research center dedicated to strengthening children, families, and communities.

The Oregon Social Learning Center is a non-profit, collaborative, multidisciplinary research center dedicated to increasing the scientific understanding of social and psychological processes related to healthy development and family functioning. We apply that understanding to the design and evaluation of interventions that strengthen children, adolescents, families, and communities.

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We’re pleased to provide a number of useful resources for parents, clinicians, and teachers, including a searchable database of publications by OSLC scientists.

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Children and adolescents involved in child welfare are among the most disadvantaged individuals in American society and are at greatly elevated risk for drug use and related problems including delinquency, teen pregnancy, poor physical and mental health, homelessness, incarceration, and HIV-risk behaviors.

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Scientist Spotlights Katherine Pears

Katherine C. Pears, Ph.D.

Dr. Pears is a senior scientist having worked at OSLC for more than 20 years.  She is the principle investigator for the Kids in Transition to Schools (KITS) project and a campaign of its implementation in schools throughout Oregon.  Katherine also serves OSLC in a key role as chair of the Management Committee.

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